The benefits of choosing a green roof

The benefits of choosing a green roof

Going green has become a highly popular trend, with consumers taking advantage of everything from electric cars to reusable shopping bags.

However, many homeowners are taking the environmentally-friendly lifestyle a step further by focusing on green roofing options as an alternative.

Durability is one important factor that should be considered when choosing an environmentally-friendly roof. Inexpensive asphalt shingles may be cheap, but they usually don't pay off in terms of the life expectancy of the roof.

Clark Snell, author of The Good House Book: A Common-Sense Guide to Alternative Homebuilding, claims that high-quality asphalt shingles are not only cheaper to buy than metal, but last up to 40 years longer, making them a better use of the earth's resources.

When looking for a greener roof, you should also consider the solar reflectivity of the roofing material available. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers a program called "Cooling Our Communities," which addresses the importance of having a solar reflective roof on your home and also details other guidelines for an environmentally-efficient roofing option. These guidelines include choosing lighter colored roofing materials and low solar-absorbent roofing surfaces.

The cost of installing a green roof over your home depends mainly on the exact location of the home, the size of the home, the materials needed, services used, tax incentives and so on. According to experts at, the average cost for installing a green roof ranges from $10 to $25 per square foot. Highly sophisticated green roofs can cost anywhere from $25 to $100 per square feet.

Although this may seem like a high price once the project is complete, it's important to note that many homeowners who install green roofs receive generous tax credits for the process. Not to mention, the savings you'll see in your home's heating and cooling costs will also add up.

The time it takes to install or replace a new roof depends on several different factors, including the weather, the amount of workers involved in the project, and the difficulty of acquiring the necessary materials.

However, most projects will take a minimum of two weeks or more to complete. In terms of regulatory codes, you should make sure that your contractor follows the guidelines set forth in the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Certification Standards. The program was intended to limit energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste output for both businesses and homes.

Because environmental-efficiency is so highly valued, be sure to also ask your contractor about tax incentives and other savings you may qualify for when switching to a greener roof.

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